BACK PAIN and INFLAMMATION: Link & Test
The examination for the diagnosis of back pain conditions has a new tool: urine testing! Why? Inflammation. Inflammation can be detected via serum tests like this that test for biomarker activity. The link between inflammation and back pain has been explored. A rat study reported that, compared to sham treatment, manipulation and mobilization relieved sciatic radicular pain by potentially reducing neuroinflammation and inhibiting nitric oxide synthase expression. (1) More recently, chiropractic researchers have studied specifically the outcome of chiropractic care on levels of the biomarker cytokine called tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) via urine tests. Defined as a strong pro-inflammatory cytokine closely associated with intervertebral disc degeneration that may trigger other cytokines’ (interleukin-6 or interleukin-1β) reactions as well, TNF-α levels were discovered to be raised in patients with severe sciatica and chronic low back pain compared with milder symptomatic patients and healthy volunteers. Specifically, the urine tests of chronic low back pain patients showed significantly higher baseline levels of TNF-α. The positive news: These levels were significantly lower after 4-6 weeks of chiropractic care! These levels did not relate to pain intensity or disability. (2) Chiropractic care including spinal manipulation like the gentle form of Cox® Technic Flexion Distraction Decompression your Nashua chiropractor uses has been documented as pain-relieving in a mean of 12 visits and 30 days. (3) Bring your back pain and its related inflammation to Moriarty Chiropractic!
Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Jeremy Heidt on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes his pain-relieving chiropractic care with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management of a woman with severe sciatica.
Nashua CHIROPRACTIC TIP OF THE MONTH: The Anti-Inflammatory Blueberry
Researchers have detailed the blueberry as anti-inflammatory as well as anti-obesity, anti-cancer, anti-oxidant, neuroprotective and more. Studies have demonstrated that the blueberry mediated how nuclear receptors act. (4) More specifically, the anti-inflammatory action of the blueberry was found to inhibit inflammation by reducing the production of inflammatory factors and enhancing immunity. The main targets of the blueberry’s anti-inflammatory efforts were TNF, ESR1, AGTR1 and IGF1. (5) See TNF is in that list? Moriarty Chiropractic hopes you like blueberries! They’re good for you, our Nashua back pain patient, and all of us.
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